Policing in the 21st Century: Can Law Enforcement Reinvent Itself?

The title asks the question, “Can law enforcement reinvent itself?” To attempt to answer that question, law enforcement and the community must work better with one another. The goal being to ensure a positive, trusting, and collaborative relationship between the two resulting in a safe, healthy, and thriving community. To paraphrase Sir Robert Peel, who is widely regarded as the father of modern law enforcement, ‘the police are the community and the community are the police’. This philosophy of law enforcement and community engagement needs to be discussed and reinforced. The goal of this article is to highlight areas of needed discussion and move the conversation forward. To this end we will cover the following areas: Volunteerism, Training, Mediation and Mindfulness, Immigration Issues, and Reintegration/Reentry Programs.

Click here to continue reading this article by Darryl Qualls, Keith Roberts, and Brian Biery in the LA Progressive.